These 10 roles established Deepika Padukone as the Queen of Bollywood and set her apart of the contemporaries.
Deepika Padukone is one actress who had simply taken all the criticisms that came her way seriously in her early stage of career. Over the years, she has improved a lot and today she is the reigning queen of Bollywood. Now when she is about to make her debut in Hollywood, let’stake a look at 9 roles that established Deepika Padukone as the Queen of Bollywood-
1. Shanti Priya/ Sandy
In her debut film Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone proved that she has what it takes to be a top star- the personality, the looks and the talent too. Standing in the same frame with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and pulling it off so well was a major feat. At the Filmfare Awards, she was awarded with the Best Female Debut Award and even received her first nomination for the Best Actress.
2. Meera Pandit
In her fourth film Love Aaj Kal, Deepika play the part of a head-strong career woman. Critics appreciated her performance and even claimed that this was the best of her four performances so far. She received a nomination for Best Actress at the 55th Filmfare Awards.
3. Veronica Malaney
After a gap of two years (during which she appeared in seven movies, many of them were poorly received films) Cocktail marked a notable turning point in her career. Interestingly, she had a choice of which woman to play Veronica or Meera and she chose the impulsive party girl Veronica in order to expand her horizons as an actress. And boy, she the soul of the film!
4. Naina Talwar
Saying good-bye to all the glamorous roles Deepika was reputed for playing, in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani she played a shy, geeky girl Naina. Critics praised her performance as her most self-aware performance to date. Her chemistry with ex-lover Ranbir Kapoor was superb. With this movie, she proved that she has grown a lot as an actress and can hold her own in all kinds of scenes.
5. Meenalochani Azhagusundaram
Her second appearance with Shah Rukh Khan was in Chennai Express, where she played the daughter of a Tamil don. She had to adopt a Tamil accent for the movie. Though her accent was mediocre, her performance was praise-worthy. She looked beautiful throughout the movie, smiling, delightful and there were times when she was a lot more playful and funny than SRK.
Deepika’s first collaboration with ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela turned around her career in such a way that she hasn’t looked back. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, she played Leela (based on the character of Juliet). We saw a whole new side of Deepika in the movie showcasing sex and violence. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for this movie.
7. Piku Banerjee
2015 proved to be the year of Deepika Padukone. She gave us three super-hits back to back. Despite the presence of big stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, Deepika held Piku together with a restrained star turn. She proved that she is more than capable when given something more to do than look pretty or be the crazy-dance girl. Piku garnered her the second award for Best Actress at Filmfare Awards.
8. Tara Maheshwari
In Tamasha, Deepika was so potent it was almost as if you can hear her heartbeat from the screen. After Piku, this is another performance of her to cheer. She lights up the screen with every scene that she is in. She enacted the love-driven young woman with great ease & restraint. And not to forget the amazing on-screen chemistry between her and Ranbir.
In Bajirao Mastani, Deepika Padukone was a spectacle all by herself. She made us cry, laugh, weep, and look at her in awe. She played the role of Mastani with grace and dignity. Her eyes were the window to Mastani’s soul and she matched Ranveer Singh’s energy superbly. At the 61st Filmfare Awards, she received a second Best Actress nomination for the film while Bajirao Mastani won nine awards.
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